For years, the website Daily Stormer has promoted hatred against Jews, black people, LGBT people, and other minorities, making it one of the Internet’s most infamous destinations. But on Sunday, editor Andrew Anglin outdid himself by publishing a vulgar, slut-shaming article about Heather Heyer, a woman who was killed when someone rammed a car into a crowd of anti-racism protestors in Charlottesville.
The article prompted a response from the site’s domain registrar, GoDaddy. “We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” GoDaddy wrote in a tweet late Sunday night.
On Monday, the Daily Stormer switched its registration to Google’s domain service. Within hours, Google announced a cancellation of its own. “We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” the company wrote in an statement emailed to Ars.
No company should do business with nazis and white supremacists – ever. Still waiting on the darling of the podcasting industry, SquareSpace, to stop doing business with nazis. We can’t remove these sites – and its creators and their philosophy – from existence, but at least we can make life as difficult as possible for them.
And, since far too many people in the west do not understand free speech – kicking nazis out of your (virtual) store or house is free speech.
No company should do business with Christian Fundamentalists – ever.
No company should do business with Extreme Left “let’s burn the cars” groups – ever.
No company should do business with LGBTs – ever.
No company should do business with Muslims – ever.
No company should do business with people I don’t like – ever.
Or maybe business should be another domain, apart from politics. It would result in more freedom, maybe?
That is not in defence of Andrew Anglin. According to Wikipedia, even some far-right groups didn’t like his “tone”. The guy really should try to run his own server(s), or better, just disappear from the WWW. But that’s my preference, in the political domain, and I prefer companies to stay outside of the political domain. I’m not contesting their legal right, just their moral right. If we allow companies to have power and infrastructure in society, then companies should be careful to not cross the borders of their domain.